1911Forum
Forum   Reviews   Rules   Legal   Site Supporters & Donations   Advertise


Go Back   1911Forum > Hardware & Accessories > Reloading Bench


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-12-2009, 05:54 PM
smartypants smartypants is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Port Washington, NY
Age: 71
Posts: 28
Alcan primers




I got a hold of some "Alcan Max-Fire" large pistol primers. I normally use Winchester large pistol primers with 3.8 grains of Clays and a 185gr semi wad cutter head (.45acp). Can I just use the Alcans in place of the Winchesters?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-12-2009, 05:59 PM
Jim Watson Jim Watson is online now
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Florence, Alabama, USA
Posts: 13,554
I don't see why not. Alcan used to be a respected name in reloading supplies. I guess the bigs just kind of ground them down.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-13-2009, 02:50 AM
1911nutjob 1911nutjob is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: cedar lake, in
Posts: 512
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Watson View Post
I don't see why not. Alcan used to be a respected name in reloading supplies. I guess the bigs just kind of ground them down.
What Jim said-if stored properly, use 'em up. I've been using a can of their al-5 powder that's older than me in swc loads without complaint.
__________________
9mm may expand, but .45 NEVER shrinks!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-13-2009, 11:46 AM
Geezer59 Geezer59 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Wichita, KS
Posts: 384
Been a long time since I've had any, but I burned up many thousands of Alcan primers during the late 70's/early 80's in .45acp IPSC loads.

For the sort of reload as the one you quoted, they're as good as anyone else's primers. The ones I had back in the day were unplated, giving a more "generic" look to the ammo, but they still went bang all the time.

Enjoy 'em while you've got 'em!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-13-2009, 08:20 PM
Nick A Nick A is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 12,390
Oh, those Alcans always were every bit as good as all the others.
Put one in an empty case and pop it off to make sure it goes bang.
Then load the rest as usual.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-13-2009, 09:42 PM
smartypants smartypants is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Port Washington, NY
Age: 71
Posts: 28
thanks

Thanks to all for your comments. I tried 25 rounds with no problem. They seem to make a little different sound when they go off, but they all went bang, and accuracy was fine.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-16-2009, 12:05 PM
sotx1911fan sotx1911fan is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Deep South Texas
Posts: 56
A few months back I found a hidden treasure trove of about 2 M Alcan Maxfire small pistol primers. Loaded up a fifty cal can of .38 Special 158 SWC's and a few hundred 148 wadcutters for good measure. Of course I had the good sense (for once in my life at least) to practice the load ten shoot ten procedure I picked up here on the forum. Nary a problem. If my memory serves me correctly CCI (Cascade Cartridge) bought them out a few decades ago. They feel like CCI's during the priming process.

Shoot 'em up and have a good time doing it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:08 AM.


NOTICE TO USERS OF THIS SITE: By continuing to use this site, you certify that you have read and agree to abide by the Legal Terms of Use. All information, data, text or other materials ("Content") posted to this site by any users are the sole responsibility of those users. 1911Forum does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of such Content.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2011 1911Forum.com, LLC. All Rights Reserved